An Oregon kayaker has died after being pinned underwater while paddling a rain-swollen river in far Northern California.
Del Norte County Search and Rescue coordinator Terry McNamara says crews recovered the body of 30-year-old John D. Wilburn of Grants Pass, Ore., on Monday morning from the South Fork of the Smith River east of Crescent City.
McNamara told The Triplicate (http://bit.ly/1i9amqA ) that Wilburn was kayaking an expert Class V section of the river Sunday with another kayaker from Grants Pass, Jared Sandeen, when Sandeen saw Wilburn's kayak float by upside-down. Unable to find him, Sandeen went on to where Wilburn's wife was waiting and called authorities.
Crews searched until dark. McNamara says kayakers scouting the river the next morning found Wilburn's body.